[Amateur film: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40] (Reel 1) (Part III)
Detailed documentation of the "World of Tomorrow" in beautiful Kodachrome.
Run time 19:34Producer Medicus (P.)Sponsor N/AAudio/Visual Si, C
Eric in Descanso, CA.
February 20, 2009
R1-3: George Jessel's Old New York (continued): outdoor stage show (dancing girls, dwarf versus strongman, overweight dancers, flapper and keystone cops, juggler, balancing act, can-can), the giant revolving cash register (which posted the daily fair attendance), barker for "Jack Sheridan's Magazine Covers" (topless women posing as magazine covers), Artists' Village marquee, “Silver Streak,” observation crane ride, views of midway, Frank Buck’s "Bring Em Back Alive" exhibit (African drummers, man riding on an elephant, orangutan in sailor hat and smoking, crowd shots, artificial monkey mountain, monkey w/ balloon, camel ride), "Nature's Mistakes" sideshow marquee, Water-Bugs (bumper boats), sideshow, "Chester Hale's Extasie," (barker, interior shots with topless Salome dance), Fountain Lake at Night, fireworks (19:34)
November 7, 2005
That Mr. Medicus is a bit of a perv..
We start off back in the Bowery where we left off, and a great stage show. This looks be a ¡®theater in the round¡¯ show, and it features dancing girls, a wrestling match between an older guy and a midget (!!), A fat girl chorus line (!!!), a hot hootchie-kootchie number that the ¡°cops¡± have to break up, some acrobats, and can can dancers.. We then jump to more fair exhibits.. The NCR giant cash register is shown!! Then we go off again.. I have a feeling we haven¡¯t seen the last of this amazing sculpture yet. From there, we go to ¡®Jack Sheridan¡¯s Magazine Covers¡¯.. Again, who is that? No idea. Well, here¡¯s where the real hootchie-koo starts, these are uh topless models, posing as magazine covers! Sound weird? Well yeah, you¡¯re right. Very odd.. Not too sure what the purpose of that was¡¦ Liked the model in the outside in the dressing gown though.. Actual artistry is then celebrated in the ¡®Artist¡¯s Village¡¯.. After that we get another ride, called the Silver Streak, which looks a LOT like the ride.. now I can¡¯t remember what it¡¯s called.. you know, the one where you do nothing but go around in a circle, while the dj cries, ¡°Do you want to go FASTER?¡± from there, we have a curious ride, one ride I guesss that predates a viewing tower (Like the seattle needle in their fair). This think looks like a crane with two cages on either side of it, one goes up, the other one goes down. The Medicuses go up, and he takes some grand aerial shots.. mind you, they¡¯re through a cage.. There seems to be a mountain of some sort, and a few rides.. wonder if we¡¯ll explore them later¡¦ We then go to Frank Buck¡¯s Bring Em Back Alive show, section. Frank Buck is a guy who explored Africa. So of course, we have ¡°African¡± men playing tribal drums (who were probably hired in Jersey), someone on an elephant., A monkey show, Medicus then focuses on two black girls in the audience, just by coincidence of course. Then he gets bored and starts, yes, photographing women¡¯s backsides. Why? Who knows. We then go back to that mountain I was telling you about earlier. It¡¯s a giant Rhebus monkey display!! Nice little display here, but unfortunately, it seems that the monkeys are eating a lot of things the crowd is feeding them. So their chewing on empty boxes and also curiously lugging balloons.. Camel rides are also given around the area, which Mr. Medicus cannot pass up on. After that, we take a quick glance at the ¡®Nature¡¯s Mistakes¡¯ pavilion, a look at the water-bugs (read bumper-boats) ride, and then we wind up at Chester Hale¡¯s Extasie. Man, I have no idea why so many of these pavilions started with prople¡¯s names for. Anyways, this is yet ANOTHER burlesque show, and this one Medicus goes into. And this goes all out, with uh, a full frontal nudity Salome (ok, with pasties), and then, to conclude this episode, we have a rather boring fireworks display. But nevertheless! This all is a MUST SEE on this site!
March 7, 2003
partial shot list
All scenes are exterior unless noted
Outdoor stage show (dancing girls, little person versus strongman, overweight dancers, flapper and keystone cops, juggler, balancing act, can-can)
Giant revolving cash register (gave fair attendence)
Barker for "Jack Sheridan's Magazine Covers", woman on marquee
Interior, topless women posing as magazine covers
Artists' Village marquee
Silver Streak ride
Some sort of observation crane ride, views of midway
Frank Buck, "Bring Em Back Alive" exhibit
Man riding on elephant head
Chimp in sailor hat, smoking
Monkey w/ balloon
"Nature's Mistakes" sideshow marquee
Water-Bugs (bumper boats)
Sideshow, "Chester Hale's Extase", barker
Interior, topless Salome dance
Fountain Lake at Night, fireworks